Vivid Hair Care
Your cheat sheet to making your colour last longer.
Products to Use
No matter how often or well you clean your hair having the right products for you makes all the difference. Before your eyes glaze over at the thought of a sales pitch I implore you to read through this section.
There are a few basic points to choosing products that are going to help the condition of your hair (rather than ruin it).
Avoid these bad guys; Parabens, Sulphates, Isopropyl Alcohol, Formaldehyde, and Propylene Glycol. These vampire-like suckers will draw the life right out of your hair before you can say “how do i pronounce that?”.
Get recommendations from a professional. Diagnosing hair issues and recommending the best products for individual hair types is a massive part of becoming a qualified hairdresser. Ask your stylist about what products are best for you.
How much product should you use? As a rule of thumb you’re currently using too much. Only use enough product to get your hair feeling clean. Don’t fret about whether it has lathered up enough. Before applying your conditioner wring out as much excess water from your hair as you can. This will minimise the dilution of your product and ensure it works as well as it can.
How to Clean your hair
We have prepared the simplest of instructions. Print this out, laminate it and stick it between your loofah and towels.
- Wet your hair. If you have coloured hair use the coolest temperature you can stand – heat works to remove colour.
- Initial shampoo. Apply a small amount of shampoo to your hands. Massage over your scalp with quick vigorous movements. Focus on your scalp and roots. Rinse thoroughly – this will draw the product through the ends of your hair.
- Second shampoo. Repeat the steps of the initial shampoo. This second cleanse will produce more bubbles than the first. If your hair still feels unclean repeat your shampoo a third time.
- Conditioner. Collect a small amount of conditioner in your hands. Apply to the midlengths and ends of your hair and comb the product through your locks with your fingers. Rinse thoroughly.
- Gentle towel dry. Using a blotting action to avoid pulling out or snapping strands and to minimise tangles.
- Comb through. Use a wide toothed comb to remove all of the remaining tangles. Start from the ends and work your way to your scalp.
- Proceed with styling. If you are going to be putting heat on your hair (hair dryer, straightener, curling wand) make sure you put a heat shield on first. This protects your hair and will make a massive difference in how long your colour stays in for.
Other things to remember
There’s lots of simple tweaks to your hair care routine that will help prolong the vibrancy of your colour.
Always shampoo your hair in the coolest water you can stand. This helps to seal the hair shaft and lock the colour in. Don’t shampoo it too often either; once or twice a week is optimum. If you’re prone to oily hair invest in a good dry shampoo to help keep that in check between cleans.
When you do shampoo your hair you want to avoid products with sulfates, parabens or salt. Each of these leech colour from your hair and will see your colour fade faster than you can say ‘look at the pretty bubbles!’ Talk to your stylist about the best product options for your specific hair needs.
Using a heat protectant product during styling and wearing a sun hat during prolonged sun exposure will also help to protect your tresses from the damage done by heat and UV rays.
Chlorine and salt water can also strip colour, so we recommend thoroughly soaking your hair with fresh cool water before you swim or using a swimming cap to provide protection to your lovely locks.
Essentially it all comes down to using the right products and avoiding hair leeches; heat, UV and harsh chemicals, with these tips in mind you’ll keep your hair looking fresh and vibrant for much longer.